Mutare Choir In China!!!

The Mutare based Dangamvura Old Students Association (DOSA) choir that has been carrying Zimbabwe’s musical flag high on the international scene, has been selected to take part in the 6th edition of the World Choral Games in China set for July.

The prestigious Choral Games — the world's biggest choir competitions — will be held in the Shaoxing and Shanghai cities of China from July 15 to 26.
The event is organised for amateur choirs from all over the world and engender whatever musical genres, are represented in the choirs' repertoires or their artistic ambitions.

The popular choral group that has also won other international awards will make its debut appearance on the prestigious international arena. The high-status invitation came as a merit for the popular choir group that impressed at the Old Mutual-sponsored Southern African Choir festival where it won several accolades in the past years on regular basis. Taurai Dhliwayo who is the DOSA chairman said the preparations were already at an advanced stage and were gearing up for the event.
"We are naturally excited by the prospect of taking part at such a grand occasion where we will get to interact and compete with other choral groups from across the world.

“We will like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners with whom we have travelled the path to get this far, who include churches, companies and individuals, and have been instrumental to our cause," said Dhliwayo.
While trumpeting to well-wishers for assistance to make their trip to China a success, the group has vowed to use this platform and seize the opportunity to effectively market Manicaland and the country as a whole.
"The main item of expenditure will be airfares as well as uniforms for the group. The choir also needs help with stationery, printing and production, as is also with transport for our escapades as we prepare for the July jamboree. Pledges in cash or kind are, therefore, welcome," he said.

The group is also in the process of setting up a website to effectively catalogue its operations and market itself. With several instrumentalists and singers in the choir, the group also does commercial and promotional jingles for corporate entities.

For the time they have been in the industry, DOSA — which is a member of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe — now intends to record a debut album set for release sometime this year and will be taking their music to different churches around the city.
Said Dhliwayo: "We hope to record and release an album this year and we will soon be going around local churches for performances as well as fellowshipping with them.”

Mungwadzi Godwin

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